Scaffolding collapses on side of ship in Monfalcone shipyard, Italy

A worker was severely injured when scaffolding and a hoist attached to the side of newbuild cruise ship Mein Schiff Relax (IMO 9862657) collapsed during the morning of Friday January 19th at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone Shipyard in Italy. As a result of the accident a 23-year-old contractor became trapped under the collapsed scaffolding.

The Italian fire brigade were quickly on the scene and, using a mobile crane, worked for 30 minutes to rescue the trapped worker. He was then rushed to hospital, where he was reported to have sustained crushing injuries to the head and chest trauma.

Italian authorities have ordered the accident area to be cordoned off while an investigation into the matter was underway.

Strong winds, which are prevalent in the Trieste region at this time of the year, were cited as a possible cause of the accident. The scaffolding, which was reported to be at deck level 16, collapsed alongside the ship.

Local trade unions representing the shipyard workers called for a strike and a one-day work stoppage to highlight the safety issues. The unions are demanding that the contracting companies be mandated to ensure the safety of their workers and be immediately replaced should they fail to do so.

2024-built, Malta-flagged, 161,400 gt Mein Schiff Relax is owned and managed by Tui Cruises GmbH of Hamburg, Germany.